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An 18th-Century Marriage

April 8, 2016

On February 27, 1780, my 6x great-grandparents married in Rowan, North Carolina.* John McNary, was born in 1755,** the second child of Hugh McNary and Janet Logan in Basking Ridge, Morris County, in the Colony of New Jersey, USA. By the time his mother died, the family had moved to Rowen County, North Carolina. John was twelve years old at the time.

His bride, Ann Hillis, the daughter of Samuel and Ann (Luckey) Hillis, had been born in 1763, in Salisbury, Rowan County, in the North Carolina Colony.

John fought in the Revolutionary War,  and then on 24 Nov 1798 was granted 200 acres in Christian County, Kentucky.*** Over the course of years, he was given 100-acre land grants three more times in 1803, 1815, and 1821.*** The couple had six children, three boys and three girls. According to the 1810 and 1820 US Census, the family also had three slaves living with them in Kentucky. By 1830, there was one “free white person-male-70 – 79”, one “free white person-female-60-69” and six slaves.****

John died at the age of  9 December 1830, at the age of 75. Ann lived almost 15 years more and passed away on 26 August, 1845 at the age of 88. Even though she lived a long life, she had the misfortune of grieving the death of  her husband and four of her six children. Their daughter, Ann (my 5x great-grandmother), died in 1820 at the age of 33. Two sons, Samuel and Alexander, died in 1830; another daughter, Elizabeth, lived until she was 67, but still preceded her mother in death.

According to Find a Grave, John and Ann were buried in McNary Cemetery in Muhlenburg County, Kentucky.


*Data Source: County Court Records – FHL # 0317002 and 0500949 – 0500957.
** Web: Kentucky, Find A Grave Index, 1776-2012 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.Original data: Find A Grave. Find A Grave. accessed 18 January 2013.
***Kentucky Land Grants, 1782 – 1924.
PublisherOnline publication – Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1997.Original data – Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants. Louisville, KY, USA: Filson Club Publications, 1925.Original data: Jillson, Willard Rouse. The Kentucky Land Grants. Vo
****Web Address

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